posted on Nov, 4 2012 @ 02:30 AM
Mmm. I have mixed reactions.
This is an obvious case of abuse. It is against the rules. It must not be assumed that all rodeos and people involved in them condone such acts.
Most people who take part in rodeos and cowhorse disciplines put great effort into being careful for the well being of the livestock. I have seen an
important roping event stopped because someones spur accidently touched a calf.
I am afraid we'll see the common reactions to bronc riding (even without the shocks) but it is worth it to look into how broncs are treated and why
they do what they do (normally). They are treated like rockstars, and are extremely valuable. They LIKE what they are doing- I know that sounds hard
for non-horse people to understand. Horses, like people, find confidence, and pleasure, in behaviors that they know well how to do and that are
familiar movements. That is why there are horses that like jumping, racing, dressage, cutting.... and they'll do their thing while out in field with
no human in sight.
Broncs get to be broncs when their owners see they just like to buck people off. Their talent is clear then. And if you take away the job position,
then those animals can only be put down, they have no context where they can fit in.
But like any sport, where you get high stakes, lots of money involved, you get people trying to cheat, people trying to do whatever they can to
increase the win just a tiny bit, to spice up the show just that little smidge.
I have seen more careful attention made to keep the animals safe in small rodeos than in big ones.
So I woudl condemn this behavior, but not rodeos altogether.